Campaigner Challenges Book for Cancer Research

My regularly scheduled RABMAD (Read a Book, Make a Difference) post is delayed a week due to fantastic news. A different charity book is available in which three of my own very short stories are included. Now I’m glad I forgot to pick a RABMAD author ahead and notify him or her before I saw this news.

Rachael Harrie’s Platform Building Campaign is over, but the stories are here to stay. When German author and campaigner Katharina Gerlach volunteered to compile Campaign entries into a book for charity, 81 of us jumped at the chance for our writing to do some real good and sent her 176 of our entries. I, for one, am very grateful to Cat (her nickname) for taking time out of her paying job, writing SF/fantasy and historical novels, to herd us volunteers into one corral and tame our words into published form, an ebook now available Smashwords and Amazon.

Though all 81 participants in this anthology were given the same rules (length between 200 to 300 words), themes, and even specific words to include, we all posted very different entries. Some were humorous, some romantic, others mysterious or scary. I don’t remember a single one that wasn’t entertaining. You won’t get bored even if you don’t like them all.

All proceeds go to Harry Moseley’s charity “Help Harry Help Others“. Harry single handedly raised over 85,000GBP (roughly 137,000USD) for cancer Research before he died of his brain tumor on October 8th at age 11. Although Harry is gone, Help Harry Help Others still supports Cancer Research UK so that others may live. 

If you can look at Harry’s face without crying for his loss, you’re doing better than I did. $2.99 isn’t much out of anyone’s pocket even in these hard times. I hope you’ll consider skipping one fast food burger, coffee, or another indulgence to make room in your budget to help find a cure for cancer. You’ll be glad you did. 

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Indie author-friendly freelance editor, children's book blogger for picture books through YA, kid lit, SF/fantasy lover with special fondness for middle grade, pun-loving SCBWI member, meter-maid for poetry and rhyming picture books.


  1. I love Rach’s campaigns. They are so fun.

  2. This is so awesome. I was way excited about it. My mom just called me cause she was reading it. I told her she HAD to order it and she did. YAY!

  3. I’m going to order mine now. It’s a two-fold excitement: helping a wonderful charity and seeing all the excellent writing grouped together in one place.

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